The Domino Effect

The Domino Effect

When you make a change to one behavior, it will activate a chain reaction and cause a shift in related behaviors as well. It occurs for 2 reasons:

  • Many of the habits and routines that make up our daily lives are related to one another.
  • It capitalizes on one of the core principles of human behavior: commitment and consistency. 

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Create a Domino Effect
  • Start with the thing you are most motivated to do, a small behavior and do it consistently. 
  • Maintain momentum and immediately move to the next task you are motivated to finish. 
  • When in doubt, break things down into smaller chunks. As you try new habits, focus on keeping them small and manageable. The Domino Effect is about progress, not results.
BJ Fogg
You can never change just one behavior. Our behaviors are interconnected, so when you change one behavior, other behaviors also shift<

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